Johann Nikolaus Bechthold, a farmer, his wife Anna Katharina, and daughter Anna Maria (age 4), arrived from Lübeck at the port of Oranienbaum on 15 September 1766 aboard the snow-brig Die Frau Dietrika under the command of Skipper Joachim Friedrich Luhn.
They settled in the Volga German colony of Hussenbach where Nikolaus is recorded on the 1798 census in Household No. Hs015.
The Oranienbaum passenger list records that Johann Nikolaus Bechthold came from the German region of Darmstadt.
- Mai, Brent Alan. 1798 Census of the German Colonies along the Volga: Economy, Population, and Agriculture (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1999): Hs015, Hs105.
- Pleve, Igor. Lists of Colonists to Russia in 1766: Reports by Ivan Kulberg (Saratov: Saratov State Technical University, 2010): #6062.